Netflix’s doping documentary “Icarus” wins best documentary

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Laura Dern (L) and director Bryan Fogel, winner of the Best Documentary Feature award for 'Icarus,' pose in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
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Actor Laura Dern (C) poses with producers Dan Cogan (L) and director Bryan Fogel (R), winners of the Best Documentary Feature award for 'Icarus,' in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
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Dan Cogan, left, and Bryan Fogel, winners of the award for best documentary feature for "Icarus" pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Filmmakers Dan Cogan (L) and Bryan Fogel, who directed 'Icarus', arrive at the reception for Oscar-nominated films in the Documentary Short and Feature categories, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Netflix’s doping documentary “Icarus” wins best documentary

LOS ANGELES: Bryan Fogel’s sports doping documentary “Icarus,” which exposed the state sponsored doping program of Russia’s Olympic athletes won best documentary at the Academy Awards Sunday.
It beat out both Agnes Varda’s feel-good “Faces Places,” which took the Film Independent Spirt Award Saturday, and the harrowing White Helmets documentary “Last Men in Aleppo.”
Fogel dedicated the award to Grigory Rodchenkov, “our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger,” he said. Rodchenkov is the former director of Russia’s Anti-Doping Center, who became an unlikely whistleblower against the decades-long corruption exposed in the film.
“We hope ‘Icarus’ is a wake-up call, yes about Russia but more than that about the importance of telling the truth,” Fogel said.
Fogel also emotionally thanked his parents on the stage, but far away from the sight of the television cameras, his mother, in the very back of one of the upper decks in the auditorium, shrieked and waved at her Oscar-winning son.
Each documentary nominated had its own compelling story behind the story. In addition to Varda being the oldest Oscar-nominee, at 89, and the nail-biter of whether or not the “Aleppo” filmmakers would be able to make the ceremony with the travel ban (they did), “Strong Island” made history for its nomination of the first transgender filmmaker for its director Yance Ford, and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” which was the first documentary nomination for its long-overlooked director Steve James.


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.